Building Official

  • City of Fremont, CA
  • Fremont, California
  • Apr 13, 2024
Full Time Building and Safety Building Maintenance Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $157,446.49 - $212,496.07 Annually USD

Job Description


The City of Fremont's Community Development Department is recruiting for

Building Official


The Department

The role of the Community Development Department is to help Fremont become the sustainable, strategically urban community envisioned in the City's General Plan. Department activities include:
  • Providing professional assistance to developers, contractors, businesses, and homeowners
  • Preserving open space
  • Planning for and assisting with the building of high-quality strategically urban residential and commercial developments
  • Maintaining and increasing the range of housing alternatives for the community

The department includes Planning, Building and Safety, Code Enforcement, Housing, and Sustainability.

First Review of Applications

The first review of applications is May 3, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. (PT). This recruitment may close without notice after this date so interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. A resume and supplemental questionnaire (part of the online application) must be submitted with the completed City application.

To be considered for this outstanding employment opportunity, please complete an application online by clicking "Apply" just above this box.

Selection Process
The process may include individual and/or panel interviews, professional reference checks, fingerprint check for criminal history and other related components. Only those candidates who have the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will continue in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

Reasonable Accommodation
Human Resources will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources of any special needs a minimum of 5 days in advance of the selection process by calling (510) 494-4660 or emailing .

Contact Us
For additional information, please contact Human Resources Department at: .

The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


Building Official Class Specification

Under general direction, plans, organizes, participates, and directs the activities of the Plan Check and Inspection sections of the Building & Safety Division within the Community Development Department; provides technical expertise in plan check review; collaborates with Division managers to administer Division affairs; provides technical building code guidance to staff in the Planning Division, Building Division, Engineering Division, and Fire Department; coordinates activities of the Division with those of other divisions, City departments, and outside agencies; performs related duties as required; the Building Official may be assigned management of the Permit Center as operational needs require.
Class Characteristics
This is a single incumbent management classification, reporting to the Director of Community Development or their designee. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that Plan Check and Inspection staff provide quality customer service while performing plan review and building inspection services. The incumbent shall actively collaborate with the Permit Center Manager on permit issuance, public services, and technology implementation and enhancements. This position provides general building code guidance while determining alternate means and methods when required.

Essential Functions

  • Serves as the City’s Building Official.
  • Manages the Plan Check and Inspection section operations through subordinate managers and supervisors.
  • Collaborates with the Permit Center Manager on the overall operation of the one-stop Permit Center to ensure the timely issuance of permits and the proper dissemination of information to the public.
  • Provides technical oversight to plan review and inspection managers on work completeness, accuracy, timeliness, and adherence to professional and mandated standards, and prepares performance improvement plans as necessary.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and participates in the plan review and design of documents for all projects submitted to the City of Fremont for plan check.
  • Participates in the review, interpretation, and enforcement of State and local Building and Fire Code ordinances related to commercial and residential buildings, including fire protection through plan check, permit issuance, building inspection, and related code enforcement activities.
  • Provides information, advice, and code interpretation for staff, developers, engineers, property owners, and contractors regarding Building Code and City construction regulations.
  • Reviews and renders decisions on complex code applications for requested code modifications and alternate materials and methods.
  • Participates in the development, interpretation, clarification and communication of policies and operational procedures.
  • Provides technical and non-technical training.
  • Represents the City in Building Code disputes and litigation.
  • Monitors changes in legislation, regulations, and technology that may affect operations.
  • Recommends the City’s position on proposed legislation.
  • Modifies the City’s building ordinance to conform to State requirements.
  • Implements policy and procedural changes to conform to new and amended State law.
  • Develops technical code-related informational bulletins for the use of the public and in-house staff as needed.
  • Follows all safety rules and protocols included in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
  • Takes appropriate action as required to identify and correct safety hazards and report safety concerns to their supervisor.
  • Performs required duties under the City's disaster response plan.
  • Assists with design and implementation of systems to encourage quality teamwork and exceptional customer services.
  • Ensures staff is provided the tools, training, and processes to enable them to perform assigned responsibilities in a manner which best support customer satisfaction.
  • Consults and partners with staff to resolve interdepartmental issues and enhance customer service.
  • Ensures that customer complaints are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Attends and participates in professional and technical organizations and committees, including representing the City as liaison to representatives from State, federal, and local agencies and meetings of regional importance.
  • Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in building inspection, plans examination, permit processing, and code compliance.
  • Researches emerging products and enhancements and their applicability to City needs.
  • Makes presentations to elected or appointed bodies (e.g., City Council, Planning Commission)
  • Meets with and/or makes presentations to community groups and representatives of local business to explain the functions, policies, and operations of the section, and to respond to questions concerning plan review and inspection.
  • Directs special projects.
  • Evaluates staffing needs and participates in the recruitment, examination, and hiring process.
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of requests for proposals and consultant services and manages consultant services.
  • Assists in preparation of operating budget for the Community Development Department and prepares and monitors division budget.
  • Reviews, mediates, and resolves personnel problems.

Marginal Functions

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: Permit processing, plan review, and inspection services and organizational operations; uniform building codes, standards, and regulations; building inspection, all structural and non-structural aspects of California building codes; methods, materials, techniques, and practices employed in building design, construction and inspection, engineering, and plan check; technical report writing; project and workload planning; fire codes and fire prevention systems; public information and public speaking techniques; principles of budget preparation in the public sector; practices and methodologies of contract administration; principles and practices of supervision; development and implementation of procedures; fire, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and related codes and regulations; permit technologies including electronic plan review, mapping services, online payment, and similar advanced technologies to simplify both staff and public interaction and use of permitting services.

Skill in: Reading and interpreting building plans, specifications and codes; identifying appropriate code modifications and alternate materials and methods to meet California Building Code requirements when needed; applying “Green Building” principles; dealing tactfully and effectively with a diverse group of people.

Ability to: Function effectively, with integrity, both as a team member and as a team builder; lead others while fostering an atmosphere of teamwork among Building Division staff; plan, organize, direct and participate in the work of staff engaged in the performance of complex, technical engineering work; develop and implement goals and objectives; allocate resources between staff and contract service; review construction plans and conduct field inspections of building for compliance with standards, codes, ordinance and regulations; participate in the development of and maintain the section budget; determine and evaluate levels of achievement and performance; understand, interpret, and explain codes, regulations and policies; identify and analyze administrative problems and implement operational changes; focus on discovering and meeting the customer’s or client’s needs; understand others: able to accurately hear and understand the unspoken or partly expressed thoughts, feelings, and concerns of others; commit to an organization while showing an ability and willingness to align one’s own behavior with the needs, priorities, and goals of the organization; determine and implement the appropriate course of action in stressful situations; take initiative: identify a problem, obstacle, or opportunity and take action to address current or future problems or opportunities; be flexible while developing and maintaining cooperative working relationship with staff and clients from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds; lead and guide team members to excel; motivate staff to explore their potential within the scope of their work; speak to large and small groups while being persuasive and influential; manage meetings effectively; prepare written and verbal reports; work independently; resolve disputes; perform work involving considerable attention to detail; work well while striving to surpass a standard of excellence; deliver seamless service to the Permit Center; and travel independently both within and outside of the City limits.

Incumbents must possess the physical and mental capacity to work under the conditions described in this document and to perform the duties required by their assigned position.


Any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to satisfactory job performance would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be: over ten years of building plan review and inspection experience. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with course work in Civil or Structural Engineering, Architecture or a related field may be substituted for five years of building plan review or inspection experience. Supervisory experience with a focus on team work and customer service is desirable. Registration as a civil and/or structural engineer and/or architect in the State of California is desirable.

Licenses/Certificates/Special Requirements
  • ICC certification as a Building Official is required within one year of date of hire. Failure to obtain and maintain this certification will lead to discipline up to and including termination.

  • Possession of, or ability to secure, by the time of the appointment a valid Class C California Driver's License. Failure to maintain the required certification and license will result in discipline up to and including termination.

Failure to maintain the required certification and license will result in discipline up to and including termination.

Physical and Environmental Demands

Rare = 66%

Sitting: Frequent
Walking: Occasional
Standing: Rare
Bending (neck): Frequent - to review plans on desk / counter
Bending (waist): Frequent - to review plans on desk / counter
Squatting: Rare
Climbing: Rare - when in the field (couple hours in the month)
Kneeling: Rare
Crawling: Rare
Jumping: Rare - when in the field
Balancing: Rare - when in the field, waking on 2’ X 10” planks
Twisting (neck): Occasional
Twisting (waist): Rare
Grasp - light (dominant hand): Rare
Grasp - light (non-dominant): Rare
Grasp - firm (dominant hand): Rare
Grasp - firm (non-dominant): Rare
Fine manipulation (dominant): Occasional
Fine manipulation (non-dominant): Occasional
Reach - at/below shoulder: Rare
Reach - above shoulder level: Rare

Up to 10 lbs. Rare - rolled plans
11 to 25 lbs. Rare - rolled plans
26 to 50 lbs. Rare - 26-30 rolled plans
51 to 75 lbs. Never
76 to 100 lbs. Never
Over 100 lbs. Never

Up to 10 lbs. Rare - rolled plans
11 to 25 lbs. Rare - rolled plans
26 to 50 lbs. Rare - 26-30 rolled plans
51 to 75 lbs. Never
76 to 100 lbs. Never
Over 100 lbs. Never

Up to 10 lbs. Rare - rolled plans
11 to 25 lbs. Rare - rolled plans
26 to 50 lbs. Rare - 26-30 rolled plans
51 to 75 lbs. Never
76 to 100 lbs. Never
Over 100 lbs. Never

Eye-hand: Required
Eye-hand-foot: Required
Driving: Required

Acuity, near: Required
Acuity, far: Required
Depth perception: Required
Accommodation: Required
Color vision: Required
Field of vision: Required

Face-to-face contact: Required
Verbal contact w/others: Required
Public: Required

Normal conversation: Required
Telephone communication: Required
Earplugs required: Required - when on construction site (couple hours per month)

Work environment:
Works indoors, works outdoors, exposure to extreme hot or cold temperature, exposure to marked changes in temperature / humidity, when in the field, exposure to dust, fumes, smoke gases, odors, mists, or other irritating particles - when in the field, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals (wear protective clothing construction site/pile driver), exposure to excessive noise, exposure to radiation or electrical energy - transformer, while inspecting service stations, exposure to solvents, grease or oil, exposure to slippery or uneven walking surface, working below ground, being around moving machinery - cranes, earth mover etc., using computer monitor, exposure to vibration, works around others, works alone, works with others.

Class Code: 5621
FLSA: Exempt
EEOC Code: 1
Barg. Unit: FAME
Probation: 12 months
Rev.: 02/2024

The City of Fremont offers a comprehensive benefit package including general and holiday leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life, and long/short-term disability insurance.

To view a summary of the benefits the City offers, please visit: City of Fremont Benefits Summary

Base Pay


Job Address

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